Here's Everything You Need to Know About Philly's First Project Northstar Conference

Two of the event’s leading organizers — Aniyia Williams and Francisco Garcia — tell BizPhilly what the three-day tech conference means for the city and what attendees can expect to gain.'

At the start of October, Philadelphia will host its first ever Project NorthStar conference, an endeavor that seeks to make equity and inclusion in the tech community a priority for the city. Black & Brown FoundersMayor Kenney and the city’s StartupPHL arm say the conference will be a means to help Black and Latinx people find pathways into an innovation economy that often leaves them out.

And big players like Microsoft for Startups, Comcast NBCUniversal, Bumble, the Kauffman Foundation, and Uber all support the mission — These organizations all are backing the three-day conference beginning October 3 that’s expected to attract about 500 people from near and far.

BizPhilly sat down with two masterminds behind the project — Black & Brown Founders executive director Aniyia Williams and Francisco Garcia, Philadelphia’s director of business development for innovation and technology. The two leaders explain what the conference means for the city, what attendees can expect to gain and why now’s the time to begin gearing up.

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Syreeta Martin